Rubjerg Knude

Rubjerg Knude Lighthouse

Photo: Kim Wyon

In North Jutland, on the edge of the North Sea, you will find the famous lighthouse of Rubjerg Knude. The lighthouse was moved 70 metres inland in October 2019, to secure it from erosion, caused by the North Sea.

 

The battle against nature

Rubjerg Knude Lighthouse was built in 1900, and its light was the lit the 27th of December of that year. Between the years of 1910 and 1920, the drifting sands became such a big problem that bushes and trees were planted to help improve the conditions in the area. Despite this effort, the sand dune only grew larger, and the sand started to cover the plants. In the 50's most of the plants were removed again and a lot of sand was removed from the area, as it got to close to the lighthouse buildings. In the end, the sand dunes became so vast it covered the light of the lighthouse, but by this time new navigation technologies were abundant, the light was on for the last time on August 1st 1968.

Ascend the amazing lighthouse and enjoy a spectacular view of the North Sea and the area around Rubjerg Knude. Play around in the vast sandbox with the most popular landmark in North Jutland, in the background.

From lighthouse to history

Throughout the 70's the lighthouse was empty, but the plans to remake the buildings around the lighthouse to a museum were realized. In 1980 Vendsyssel Historical Museum opened its doors for the new "sand-drift museum" which were to tell the story of the lighthouse, the battle against nature and the surrounding sand dune. Ironically the museum stood no chance against the sand and in 1992 it was closed and the buildings were engulfed in the sand. Since then the Vendsyssel Historical Museum has tried to communicate the story of the lighthouse. On "Strandfogedgården" a couple of kilometres away you will find an exciting experience center which, through interactive media, unites the nature and cultural history of the lighthouse and the sand dune. Explore a time before the lighthouse, with Vikings and the waves of the ice sea crashing against the cliffs.